Shahid Afridi decimated Derbyshire’s dream of reaching NatWest T20 Blast finals day for the principal run through with a brutal display of vitality hitting as Hampshire traveled to a 101-run victory in an uneven quarter-final at Derby.
The Pakistan all-rounder smashed 101, including seven sixes and 10 fours, from 42 balls to control Hampshire to 249 for eight – their most noteworthy T20 score.
The captain James Vince made 55 from 36 balls as Hampshire passed their past best of 225 for two against Middlesex in 2006 and, faced with an improbable target of 250, the Falcons disintegrated to 148 all out with Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott each taking three wickets.
Hampshire elevated Shahid Afridi to the opener against the area he played for in 2003, and he cleared and drove four boundaries from Wayne Madsen’s first finished. Calvin Dickinson took two fours from Hardus Viljeon, however, was then brilliantly caught one-handed by Matt Henry, running back at mid-on, for 18 off Ben Cotton.
Afridi’s past high score in the restriction this season was just 18, be that as it may, he immediately pulled Cotton for six before driving him over the top of the three-story media center.
He reached his fifty off only 20 balls with a top-edged six however after driving Imran Tahir for another monstrous six, he was dropped on 65 at long-on by Madsen.
It demonstrated expensive as Shahid Afridi dispatched Matt Critchley and Tahir for two more sixes on his way to a 42-ball hundred before he top-edged another enormous force and was caught at long-leg.
By then the damage had been done, and both Vince and George Bailey continued the plunder with the Hampshire captain reaching his fifty with back to back sixes off Cotton before wickets tumbled in the closing overs.
Critchley took three in the nineteenth over as the leg-spinner finished with three for 32, however, Hampshire’s score was the greatest ever at Derby and the fourth most noteworthy in family unit T20 matches.
Billy Godleman pulled the main ball of the Falcons answer for four however then swung Dawson to wide midwicket and Critchley followed in the following over.
Luis Reece drove Chris Wood for six before he was caught behind trying to run the ball to the third man and when Madsen swung Abbott to backward square, the Falcons were sliding away at 35 for four.
The wickets continued to tumble and with the result a foregone determination, it was just an issue of whether the Falcons could anticipate Hampshire beating the greatest victory margin of 172 in T20 cricket.
Alex Hughes and Daryn Smit at least avoided that ignominy, before Cotton and Tahir shared a windy last-wicket stand of 46, yet it was scant consolation on a night of total Hampshire dominance.
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